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Tribe Claims Former #1 Bullington

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PITTSBURGH - Starting pitcher Bryan Bullington, the No. 1 pick in the June 2002 draft, was claimed on waivers Thursday by the Cleveland Indians after the Pittsburgh Pirates removed him from their 40-man roster. The Pirates had planned to reassign the 27-year-old Bullington to their Triple-A Indianapolis farm club if he passed through waivers. He was 4-6 with a 5.52 ERA in 15 starts for Indianapolis this season. Bullington was designated for assignment on June 27 without him winning a game in the majors for Pittsburgh. He was recalled by the Pirates for two weeks earlier in the season, but never pitched. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 5.89 ERA in six games, including three starts, with Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2007. Bullington missed the 2006 season for right shoulder surgery. The former Ball State pitcher was drafted ahead of players such as B.J. Upton, Prince Fielder, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher and Cole Hamels, mostly because the Pirates felt they had a better chance of signing him.

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